Kaj je slalom na divjih vodah?/What is Canoe Slalom?

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Pri slalomu na divjih vodah morajo tekmovalci usmerjati svoj čoln skozi par količkov, imenovan vrata. Približno 200 metrov dolgo progo, polno brzic in tokov, morajo preveslati brez dotika ali zgrešenih vrat. Če se tekmovalec dotakne količka, mu sodniki dosodijo dve dodatni kazenski sekundi, za zgrešena ali napačno preveslana vrata pa h končnemu času prištejejo 50 kazenskih sekund. Količki vrat so zeleno-bele ali rdeče-bele barve. Pri vratih z zeleno-belimi količki tekmovalci veslajo v smeri toka, pri količkih rdeče-bele barve pa morajo veslati proti toku. Število vrat na tekmovanjih se giblje med 18 in 25.

Tekmovalci in tekmovalke lahko tekmujejo v petih disciplinah. Moški tekmujejo v kajaku (K1M) in kanuju enosedu (C1M) ter v kanuju dvosedu (C-2M), ženske pa tekmujejo v kajaku (K1Ž) in kanuju enosedu (C1Ž).

Na posamični tekmi tekmovalci najprej nastopajo v kvalifikacijah. Iz kvalifikacij se v polfinale prebije najboljših 30 kajakašev, po 20 kanuistov, kajakašic in kanuistk ter 15 najboljših dvojcev. V finalu vsake izmed disciplin nato nastopi po deset najhitrejših tekmovalcev oziroma tekmovalk iz polfinala, razen v finalu kajakašev, kjer v finalu evropskih prvenstev nastopi 15 najhitrejših kajakašev polfinala.

Tekmovalci in tekmovalke se merijo tudi v ekipnih vožnjah. Ekipo, ki predstavlja državo v posamezni disciplini, sestavljajo trije čolni, ki si sledijo na progi in poskušajo doseči čim hitrejši čas, brez dodatnih kazenskih sekund. Ura se ustavi, ko ciljno linijo prečka zadnji izmed trojice čolnov. V moštvenih preizkušnjah ekipe nastopajo le v eni vožnji.


In Canoe Slalom, paddlers must navigate their canoe or kayak through pairs of poles, which are called gates. The course of gates is set up over challenging rapids, waves, eddies and currents on an approx. 200m stretch of whitewater. If the paddler touches a pole or misses a gate altogether then penalty seconds are added to their timed run (2 seconds for touching a pole, 50 seconds for missing a gate). Gates have green and white or red and white poles. When gates are green and white athletes have to pass them in the direction of current, while with red and white gates paddlers have to pass them in the opposite direction to that of the current. The number of gates varies from 18 to 25.

There are Kayak events, for men and women, in single (K1) boats, and Canoe events in single (C1) and for men in double (C2) boats.

At individual race competitors first compete in heats. The best 30 kayakers (K1M), best 20 canoeists (C1M),  women’s kayakers (K1W) and women’s canoeists (C1W) and best 15 canoe doubles (C2M) advance to the semifinal. Then top 10 paddlers from each category (C1M, K1W, C2M, C1W) advance to the grand final. At the ECA European Championships rules differ from the ones in use at the ICF competitions as the top 15 competitiors from the K1M semifinal advance to the grand final.

In the team events, three boats start together and the athletes decide who leads and who follows. The three boats (K1, C1 or C2) follow each other and negotiate the gates in the quickest succession as possible. The time of the run is recorded as the last boat crosses the finish line. Team race consists of only one run.

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